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Jon Batiste took home the Grammy for Album of the Year for “We Are” during Sunday night’s 2022 Grammys.
Reflecting a bit on how music has always played a prominent part in his life, Batiste said the craft of music is “more than entertainment” but rather a “spiritual practice” for him.
In addition to thanking his team and shouting out the family members featured on his album, Batiste also praised his fellow nominees. “I actually love and have had an out-of-body experience with your music. I honor you,” he said.
“This is for real artists, real musicians. Let’s just keep going: Be you,” he concluded his speech.
Going into the night, Batiste was the leading nominee with eleven nods, including in the top categories of Record of the Year and Album of the Year. Despite dominating this year’s race, Batiste was just shy a nomination to be a Grammy record-holder for most nominations in a single year, which has included Michael Jackson and Babyface, who each scored twelve nods in a single year. Meanwhile, Kendrick Lamar received eleven nominations for the 2016 ceremony but only won five awards.
In the non-televised ceremony earlier in the day, Batiste also won four awards: best music video for “Freedom,” best score soundtrack for visual media for Soul, and best American roots performance and best American roots song for “Cry.”
Backstage in the Grammys press room, Batiste continued to express how grateful he felt for the honor and how Lenny Kravitz presenting the award proved to be a “full-circle moment” for him.
“I really don’t do it for the awards. I really believe that music is something that’s so subjective, but I was having such a good time. We just performed, I was hanging with my family, and when my name came up and the ‘We Are’ title was said by Lenny, such a full-circle moment because we played together when I was sixteen,” he said of the “surreal” moment.